While it’s true that Bryan Ferry’s music has never been overtly political and all this stuff coming out of the fox hunting debate shouldn’t have a bearing on his status as one of greatest singer-songwriters, somehow it has affected my mood. I’ve found myself enjoying simple little pop songs far more and avoiding Continue reading
The closure of Boddington’s brewery is sad, but is not such a great blow to the city or to real ale. The truth is the beer isn’t that good and industrial sites don’t fit in modern city centres. The city now has numerous microbreweries like Marble and retains a clutch of historic family Continue reading
More holiday reading, this time in the form of Zoë Heller’s Man Booker (2003) nominated Notes on a Scandal (also published as What was she thinking?). And without slighting the book (it’s a great read) I’m a little surprised it got that nomination as it’s not that groundbreaking in a literary sense; erring Continue reading
…but I’m consolidating the RSS/Atom site feeds some of you use to keep track of me into a single feed at www.stephennewton.com/feed. This will make it easier for me to keep track of you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s okay.
With a Yorkshire church’s congregation dropping to single figures, the Bishop of Wakefield is welcoming Channel 4’s Priest Idol as ‘a gift’. What with less than half of Britons having always believed and all that squirming we did that time Jeremy Paxman embarrassed Blair into denying he prayed with Bush, I can understand Continue reading
I guess Madonna’s alleged desecration of the Kabbalah mirrors her previous approach to Christianity. Way back in 1989, she was upsetting people like Ian Paisely by portraying Jesus as non-white in the video for Like a Prayer (on the issue of how Jesus would have come to be born a WASP, Paisley falls Continue reading